Thursday, February 27, 2014

Who is Joseph Kila?

At PNGBLOGS we are happy to have people write to us to have their voices heard, We got a threatening
e-mail from a JOSEPH KILA yesterday, this is what he/she wrote: 

I write to you on behalf of some of the persons and corporations that are mentioned in the PNG Blogs Blog post: “Massive Corruption in Western Province. Will The PM Intervene?”.

The false allegations made against these persons are of a very serious nature and they have advised me to find the author of the post as well as the identities of the persons operating PNG Blogs.
In Papua New Guinea, there are Government agencies and well developed civil and criminal courts of Law equipped to process complaints against Public Offices, National leaders, bureaucrats, private individuals and corporate persons.  
The persons and corporations adversely affected and defamed by the publication are prepared to draw from similar measures and investigations carried out by NASFUND in 2011; in fact, persons involved in the NASFUND investigations of PNG Blogs have expressed their willingness to co-operate with this present investigation; It is our intention to have you the site Administrators of PNG Blogs prosecuted to the fullest extent of the Law, for publishing highly defamatory content on your site.
You are being given 48 hours from close of business on the 26th of February 2014 to remove “Massive Corruption in Western Province. Will The PM Intervene?” from PNG Blogs content listing.
Failure to do so will result in us taking all measures that are necessary to legally have you prosecuted for publishing this highly defamatory content.
It is our hope that you will do the right thing and delete the referred post We do not wish to escalate thisany further than it has gone. We do not seek an apology or a retraction on the record. All we seek is that these published lies be pulled down from your blog.
thankyou for taking the time to read this email.
Joseph Kila 

And of course our reply to him, to date he has not replied:
Joseph;
All the information published are available on public domain and on Facebook. Talk to the former Administrator of Western Province, these are all his allegations. We will not remove the posting.The Nasfund story you are referring to is http://www.pngblogs.com/2011/06/50000-reasons-to-shut-down-pngblogs.html   The reward is still there to shut down this website We have been critical of all governments,  We have reported on issues of corruption affecting the country, if you are proud of Corruption F**K YOU... We are sick of people like you.

Who is Joseph Kila?

At PNGBLOGS we are happy to have people write to us to have their voices heard, We got a threatening
e-mail from a JOSEPH KILA yesterday, this is what he/she wrote: 

I write to you on behalf of some of the persons and corporations that are mentioned in the PNG Blogs Blog post: “Massive Corruption in Western Province. Will The PM Intervene?”.

The false allegations made against these persons are of a very serious nature and they have advised me to find the author of the post as well as the identities of the persons operating PNG Blogs.
In Papua New Guinea, there are Government agencies and well developed civil and criminal courts of Law equipped to process complaints against Public Offices, National leaders, bureaucrats, private individuals and corporate persons.  
The persons and corporations adversely affected and defamed by the publication are prepared to draw from similar measures and investigations carried out by NASFUND in 2011; in fact, persons involved in the NASFUND investigations of PNG Blogs have expressed their willingness to co-operate with this present investigation; It is our intention to have you the site Administrators of PNG Blogs prosecuted to the fullest extent of the Law, for publishing highly defamatory content on your site.
You are being given 48 hours from close of business on the 26th of February 2014 to remove “Massive Corruption in Western Province. Will The PM Intervene?” from PNG Blogs content listing.
Failure to do so will result in us taking all measures that are necessary to legally have you prosecuted for publishing this highly defamatory content.
It is our hope that you will do the right thing and delete the referred post We do not wish to escalate thisany further than it has gone. We do not seek an apology or a retraction on the record. All we seek is that these published lies be pulled down from your blog.
thankyou for taking the time to read this email.
Joseph Kila 

And of course our reply to him, to date he has not replied:
Joseph;
All the information published are available on public domain and on Facebook. Talk to the former Administrator of Western Province, these are all his allegations. We will not remove the posting.The Nasfund story you are referring to is http://www.pngblogs.com/2011/06/50000-reasons-to-shut-down-pngblogs.html   The reward is still there to shut down this website We have been critical of all governments,  We have reported on issues of corruption affecting the country, if you are proud of Corruption F**K YOU... We are sick of people like you.

Unitech John Pumwa is no longer an independent voice speaking Unitechs best interests

By UNITECH STAFF

I will report some latest going on at Unitech. As most know Prof. Pumwa has been acting VC of Unitech in the absence of Prof. Albet Schram. As such he should be following orders of the Unitech council including council decision to endorse and bring back Prof.Schram. Unitech council strongly endorsed Prof. Schrams return to Unitech so Prof.Pumwa should be promoting Prof.Schrams return at every opportunity.

Even if the PM himself tells Prof.Pumwa he does not want Prof.Schram back, Prof. Pumwas job is to remind the PM of Unitech council endorsement of Schram. He also should tell the PM the truth, that large majority of staff and students strongly support Prof.Schram and that it is in Unitech's best interest to bring him back.

It is Prof.Pumwas responsibility to do all he can and involve himself personally to straighten out whatever is blocking Prof.Shrams visa. This may be what Prof.Pumwa should be doing but he is not doing it. All new indications are that Prof. Pumwa no longer promotes Albet Schrams return.

In private since he flew to Moresby in January he has been making statement to people that shows change in heart. He now says negative things about Schram. He says that Prof.Schram was nothing special, that Prof.Schram costs the university to much money, that Prof.Schram did not do things properly, that Prof.Schram makes to many demands, and that Unitech will survive without Prof.Schram. In public he still says what Unitech council has endorsed.  That
Prof.Schram should come back. Acting bursar Bapa Bomoteng does not want Prof.Schram back either and complains about Prof.Schram costing to much. Unitech staffs and students are overwhelming insupport of Prof. Schram.   This makes the voices of Prof. Pumwa and Mr Bomoteng very unusual  People are getting suspicious why the change in  Prof.Pumwa since January.

One belief at Unitech is that Prof Pumwa has become tea boy to OHE minister or Prime Minister and no longer speaks with the independent voice as he must do to properly serve as VC of a university.  Unitech is controlled by the council not by the PNG government or the PM. Prof.Pumwa invited PM to speak at graduation and PM accepted. By doing this Prof.Pumwa violated his role to be an independent voice for Unitech especially at this delicate time. Prof.Pumwa has become the paid voice of others not the voice of Unitech. Another story going around is that Prof.Puma now treasures the VC job and was promised it informally by Unitech council. Most Unitech staffs and students would disagree that Prof. Pumwa is the man to lead Unitech to green pasture.

Now ProVC Macquin Maino is part of the game. Mr.Maino joined Prof.Pumwa trying to sack highly respected Unitech staff member Ken Polin all because Mr Polin spoke out in public in favour of Prof.Schram.   These men are Christians in name only and power hungry dictators in real life.  They are doing dishonest things right and left at the moment to make sure Prof.Schram will not come back and take over again from Prof.Pumwa. Prof.Pumwa and Maino are doing their best to silence the overwhelming voice at Unitech to bring back Prof.Scrham.  It seems no staff should speak out to support Prof.Schram.

Thank God for PNGBLOGS these stories can be told despite Prof.Pumwa and Macquin Maino. Prof.Pumwa, Mr.Maino and Mr. Bomoteng will read these words and laugh but notice they never reply to any article about Unitech. Reason being that truth is the truth and there is no argument against the truth.

ACTING SENIOR EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT MUST RESIGN NOW AFTER THEIR SHAMEFUL BETRAYAL OF PROF.SCHRAM.  THEY ARE PAID VOICES WHO NO LONGER HAVE UNITECH INTEREST AT HEART. THEY ARE SLOWLY BECOMING DICTATORS JUST LIKE THOSE BEFORE THEM.

Unitech John Pumwa is no longer an independent voice speaking Unitechs best interests

By UNITECH STAFF

I will report some latest going on at Unitech. As most know Prof. Pumwa has been acting VC of Unitech in the absence of Prof. Albet Schram. As such he should be following orders of the Unitech council including council decision to endorse and bring back Prof.Schram. Unitech council strongly endorsed Prof. Schrams return to Unitech so Prof.Pumwa should be promoting Prof.Schrams return at every opportunity.

Even if the PM himself tells Prof.Pumwa he does not want Prof.Schram back, Prof. Pumwas job is to remind the PM of Unitech council endorsement of Schram. He also should tell the PM the truth, that large majority of staff and students strongly support Prof.Schram and that it is in Unitech's best interest to bring him back.

It is Prof.Pumwas responsibility to do all he can and involve himself personally to straighten out whatever is blocking Prof.Shrams visa. This may be what Prof.Pumwa should be doing but he is not doing it. All new indications are that Prof. Pumwa no longer promotes Albet Schrams return.

In private since he flew to Moresby in January he has been making statement to people that shows change in heart. He now says negative things about Schram. He says that Prof.Schram was nothing special, that Prof.Schram costs the university to much money, that Prof.Schram did not do things properly, that Prof.Schram makes to many demands, and that Unitech will survive without Prof.Schram. In public he still says what Unitech council has endorsed.  That
Prof.Schram should come back. Acting bursar Bapa Bomoteng does not want Prof.Schram back either and complains about Prof.Schram costing to much. Unitech staffs and students are overwhelming insupport of Prof. Schram.   This makes the voices of Prof. Pumwa and Mr Bomoteng very unusual  People are getting suspicious why the change in  Prof.Pumwa since January.

One belief at Unitech is that Prof Pumwa has become tea boy to OHE minister or Prime Minister and no longer speaks with the independent voice as he must do to properly serve as VC of a university.  Unitech is controlled by the council not by the PNG government or the PM. Prof.Pumwa invited PM to speak at graduation and PM accepted. By doing this Prof.Pumwa violated his role to be an independent voice for Unitech especially at this delicate time. Prof.Pumwa has become the paid voice of others not the voice of Unitech. Another story going around is that Prof.Puma now treasures the VC job and was promised it informally by Unitech council. Most Unitech staffs and students would disagree that Prof. Pumwa is the man to lead Unitech to green pasture.

Now ProVC Macquin Maino is part of the game. Mr.Maino joined Prof.Pumwa trying to sack highly respected Unitech staff member Ken Polin all because Mr Polin spoke out in public in favour of Prof.Schram.   These men are Christians in name only and power hungry dictators in real life.  They are doing dishonest things right and left at the moment to make sure Prof.Schram will not come back and take over again from Prof.Pumwa. Prof.Pumwa and Maino are doing their best to silence the overwhelming voice at Unitech to bring back Prof.Scrham.  It seems no staff should speak out to support Prof.Schram.

Thank God for PNGBLOGS these stories can be told despite Prof.Pumwa and Macquin Maino. Prof.Pumwa, Mr.Maino and Mr. Bomoteng will read these words and laugh but notice they never reply to any article about Unitech. Reason being that truth is the truth and there is no argument against the truth.

ACTING SENIOR EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT MUST RESIGN NOW AFTER THEIR SHAMEFUL BETRAYAL OF PROF.SCHRAM.  THEY ARE PAID VOICES WHO NO LONGER HAVE UNITECH INTEREST AT HEART. THEY ARE SLOWLY BECOMING DICTATORS JUST LIKE THOSE BEFORE THEM.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”


A Fundamental Truth About Activism
The title of this article is nothing more than the most famous statement ever made by Margaret Mead.   Mead was a well known American anthropologist who carried out research in the Trobriands and on Manus.  She was not an activist by profession, yet she is best remembered for this statement.   It not only explains in a nutshell how change takes place in the world, but inspires thoughtful, committed citizens to stop being passive observers and start taking charge.  
Abundant examples of injustice and genocide throughout the world over the centuries should make it clear to us all that God Himself does not bring change to our world.  That is why sitting back and leaving everything in the hands of God has always been a recipe for disaster.  Instead, history teaches us that God gave us freedom to do what we wanted and and intelligent brains to control our destiny.  Sitting back and whinging achieves nothing.  Only persistent activism as practiced by Jesus Christ Himself has ever achieved landmark, game changing results in our world.    Margaret Mead is right.   


A High Level Victory Against Incompetence in the PNG Government
It was a rare example of focused PNG activism that led to the joyous surprise on 24 February.  Prime Minister Peter O’Neill announced that he was sacking the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (HERST) David Arore “in the nation’s best interest”.  What led to this decision?  Obviously it was pressure created by a small group of thoughtful, committed PNG citizens taking matters into their own hands.  They weren’t content to sit back and whinge in private to each other about the incompetency of the HERST minister.  Instead, they took to the social media.   Margaret Mead would be proud.  
Over several months, we read one article after another on pngblogs.com, which educated us about the Ijivitari MP corruption and incompetence and highlighted the foolishness of any government that would retain such a clown in such a high level position.  
As the truth finally came out, Minister Arore’s reputation began to collapse, including within the Prime Minister’s Department and the HERST ministry.    
Credit for putting Minister Arore’s sins on display before the world must go to the thoughtful, committed (and yes, anonymous) PNG citizens who applied effective detective work, then  combined it with excellent writing skills.  Obviously those skills came from having had an excellent level of higher education that is almost extinct in PNG.   Obviously these writers were forced into the years of writing practice that would enable them to write words that cut like sharp knives.  Hit by a thousand verbal cuts, the HERST minister was toppled from his throne and people like Keith Jackson would knowingly nod their head, knowing how powerful words can be, when they’re well organised and focused on a target.


Activists or Onlookers Amongst Our Respected Ones?
As the campaign to expose Minister Arore unfolded, prominent citizens who were in the best possible position to play activist roles and speed the process to get rid of national embarrassment included HERST’s David Kavanamur, Simon Kanehe, and  Joseph Sukwianomb.  In addition, UniTech’s Acting Vice Chancellor John Pumwa and his senior management colleagues, and probably the UniTech Council members, especially Chancellor Nagora Bogan, would have known useful information that, if made public, would speed up Minister Arore’s downfall and save the nation much embarrassment and energy.
Whether any of the above notable Papua New Guineans actually stood up for the public interest in PNG and spilt the beans on the HERST minister, we’ll probably never know.  Was one or more of them in back of the anonymous whistleblowing that divulged critical state secrets so that incompetence and corruption would finally see the light of day?  Or were they all content to passively read the words of others, so badly paralysed by a “follow the rules” mentality that they could not lend a helping hand?   Hopefully, we can put them into the first category so they can carry their heads high.  Hopefully, one of them will now take on the last remaining challenge, and that is find a way to leak the full Sevua report onto the internet.    
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill should not be overlooked.  He deserves credit for taking administrative action necessary to depose the HERST minister. However we also cannot forget that months went by with the Prime Minister doing nothing to end the nightmare at HERST.  It is painfully obvious that Mr O’Neill’s hand was finally forced by the persistence of the few committed PNG citizens who kept up the heat by spilling out distasteful truths.   In other words the true leaders in this saga were activist citizens, not the Prime Minister.


Ancient Lessons Of Activism Finally Reach PNG
How Minister Arore finally lost his job is a wonderful example of the positive power of activism.   It never would have happened if it had not been for a few committed citizens who did whatever necessary to achieve this goal.  Whether they were a few or many, or they worked together or independently, we’ll probably never know. What we can be certain about is that as a group, they never gave up.  What we can also say with certainty is that truth and justice prevailed.     
Mahatma Gandhi once outlined what you have to go through to achieve justice in our world.  Process 1 is to start speaking out and being persistent at it.  Never giving up will eventually push you through Process 1 and Process 2 will begin.   Process 2 is when your opponents start worrying about the impact of your words on their power and will stop ignoring you and start trying to silence you in some way.  If you survive this and continue to persist in your efforts, you will complete Process 2 and start Process 3.   And what is Process 3?  You win!   


A Remaining Pocket of National Shame
Tonight’s sacking of David Arore is a great victory for justice and decency in the land that we love.   However in the context of “UniTech Saga” it is only Step 1 to achieving a bigger goal:  justice for an innocent man known as Albert Schram.  
UniTech’s Vice Chancellor came to PNG to do good.  In return he was slapped with injustices that should shame all of us as citizens of PNG.  What did the Vice Chancellor of UniTech do to deserve these slaps?  His only reported crime was that he lifted the lid of a box full of dark UniTech financial secrets and shined a light inside.  His light hit the panicking faces of former UniTech Vice Chancellor Misty Baloiloi, former UniTech registrar Alan Sako, Chancellor Philip Stagg, Pro Chancellor Ralph Saulep, and former Professor Narayan Lal Gehlot, among others, who emerged from their slime holes like angry hornets and immediately began stinging the Vice Chancellor, hoping to chase him out of PNG before any more secrets would be revealed.       
It has been said that UniTech is bigger than any one person and this is very true.  However it is a worn out statement that misses the point about Albert Schram today.   Whether he appreciates it or not, the UniTech Vice Chancellor has become the most conspicuous symbol of the test of whether we as Papua New Guineans are capable of creating a just and decent society for ourselves, or whether we will forever let corruption and selfishness prevail.   Albert Schram is a powerful symbol of justice and decency.  Will that symbol be allowed to come back and shine within PNG or will that symbol continue to be pushed outside our borders, leaving us in darkness?  If justice is to prevail in PNG, Albert Schram must be given his work visa now and his return to PNG come before the end of March.      


It Is All Up To The Students Now
It will be the students of UniTech who will play the biggest role in determining whether this happens.  If they succeed in getting Schram back here to continue sharing his skills and knowledge, it will be a great national victory that will go down in the history books.   If UniTech students win, “UniTech Saga” will stop being a national embarrassment and instead serve as hope for the future of PNG.  
UniTech students, PNG awaits your action.  As a potential people power movement, you have the final word on what happens to Albert Schram.   Use your power to its fullest and apply the lesson of persistence, but also use that power non-violently and wisely.     

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”


A Fundamental Truth About Activism
The title of this article is nothing more than the most famous statement ever made by Margaret Mead.   Mead was a well known American anthropologist who carried out research in the Trobriands and on Manus.  She was not an activist by profession, yet she is best remembered for this statement.   It not only explains in a nutshell how change takes place in the world, but inspires thoughtful, committed citizens to stop being passive observers and start taking charge.  
Abundant examples of injustice and genocide throughout the world over the centuries should make it clear to us all that God Himself does not bring change to our world.  That is why sitting back and leaving everything in the hands of God has always been a recipe for disaster.  Instead, history teaches us that God gave us freedom to do what we wanted and and intelligent brains to control our destiny.  Sitting back and whinging achieves nothing.  Only persistent activism as practiced by Jesus Christ Himself has ever achieved landmark, game changing results in our world.    Margaret Mead is right.   


A High Level Victory Against Incompetence in the PNG Government
It was a rare example of focused PNG activism that led to the joyous surprise on 24 February.  Prime Minister Peter O’Neill announced that he was sacking the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (HERST) David Arore “in the nation’s best interest”.  What led to this decision?  Obviously it was pressure created by a small group of thoughtful, committed PNG citizens taking matters into their own hands.  They weren’t content to sit back and whinge in private to each other about the incompetency of the HERST minister.  Instead, they took to the social media.   Margaret Mead would be proud.  
Over several months, we read one article after another on pngblogs.com, which educated us about the Ijivitari MP corruption and incompetence and highlighted the foolishness of any government that would retain such a clown in such a high level position.  
As the truth finally came out, Minister Arore’s reputation began to collapse, including within the Prime Minister’s Department and the HERST ministry.    
Credit for putting Minister Arore’s sins on display before the world must go to the thoughtful, committed (and yes, anonymous) PNG citizens who applied effective detective work, then  combined it with excellent writing skills.  Obviously those skills came from having had an excellent level of higher education that is almost extinct in PNG.   Obviously these writers were forced into the years of writing practice that would enable them to write words that cut like sharp knives.  Hit by a thousand verbal cuts, the HERST minister was toppled from his throne and people like Keith Jackson would knowingly nod their head, knowing how powerful words can be, when they’re well organised and focused on a target.


Activists or Onlookers Amongst Our Respected Ones?
As the campaign to expose Minister Arore unfolded, prominent citizens who were in the best possible position to play activist roles and speed the process to get rid of national embarrassment included HERST’s David Kavanamur, Simon Kanehe, and  Joseph Sukwianomb.  In addition, UniTech’s Acting Vice Chancellor John Pumwa and his senior management colleagues, and probably the UniTech Council members, especially Chancellor Nagora Bogan, would have known useful information that, if made public, would speed up Minister Arore’s downfall and save the nation much embarrassment and energy.
Whether any of the above notable Papua New Guineans actually stood up for the public interest in PNG and spilt the beans on the HERST minister, we’ll probably never know.  Was one or more of them in back of the anonymous whistleblowing that divulged critical state secrets so that incompetence and corruption would finally see the light of day?  Or were they all content to passively read the words of others, so badly paralysed by a “follow the rules” mentality that they could not lend a helping hand?   Hopefully, we can put them into the first category so they can carry their heads high.  Hopefully, one of them will now take on the last remaining challenge, and that is find a way to leak the full Sevua report onto the internet.    
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill should not be overlooked.  He deserves credit for taking administrative action necessary to depose the HERST minister. However we also cannot forget that months went by with the Prime Minister doing nothing to end the nightmare at HERST.  It is painfully obvious that Mr O’Neill’s hand was finally forced by the persistence of the few committed PNG citizens who kept up the heat by spilling out distasteful truths.   In other words the true leaders in this saga were activist citizens, not the Prime Minister.


Ancient Lessons Of Activism Finally Reach PNG
How Minister Arore finally lost his job is a wonderful example of the positive power of activism.   It never would have happened if it had not been for a few committed citizens who did whatever necessary to achieve this goal.  Whether they were a few or many, or they worked together or independently, we’ll probably never know. What we can be certain about is that as a group, they never gave up.  What we can also say with certainty is that truth and justice prevailed.     
Mahatma Gandhi once outlined what you have to go through to achieve justice in our world.  Process 1 is to start speaking out and being persistent at it.  Never giving up will eventually push you through Process 1 and Process 2 will begin.   Process 2 is when your opponents start worrying about the impact of your words on their power and will stop ignoring you and start trying to silence you in some way.  If you survive this and continue to persist in your efforts, you will complete Process 2 and start Process 3.   And what is Process 3?  You win!   


A Remaining Pocket of National Shame
Tonight’s sacking of David Arore is a great victory for justice and decency in the land that we love.   However in the context of “UniTech Saga” it is only Step 1 to achieving a bigger goal:  justice for an innocent man known as Albert Schram.  
UniTech’s Vice Chancellor came to PNG to do good.  In return he was slapped with injustices that should shame all of us as citizens of PNG.  What did the Vice Chancellor of UniTech do to deserve these slaps?  His only reported crime was that he lifted the lid of a box full of dark UniTech financial secrets and shined a light inside.  His light hit the panicking faces of former UniTech Vice Chancellor Misty Baloiloi, former UniTech registrar Alan Sako, Chancellor Philip Stagg, Pro Chancellor Ralph Saulep, and former Professor Narayan Lal Gehlot, among others, who emerged from their slime holes like angry hornets and immediately began stinging the Vice Chancellor, hoping to chase him out of PNG before any more secrets would be revealed.       
It has been said that UniTech is bigger than any one person and this is very true.  However it is a worn out statement that misses the point about Albert Schram today.   Whether he appreciates it or not, the UniTech Vice Chancellor has become the most conspicuous symbol of the test of whether we as Papua New Guineans are capable of creating a just and decent society for ourselves, or whether we will forever let corruption and selfishness prevail.   Albert Schram is a powerful symbol of justice and decency.  Will that symbol be allowed to come back and shine within PNG or will that symbol continue to be pushed outside our borders, leaving us in darkness?  If justice is to prevail in PNG, Albert Schram must be given his work visa now and his return to PNG come before the end of March.      


It Is All Up To The Students Now
It will be the students of UniTech who will play the biggest role in determining whether this happens.  If they succeed in getting Schram back here to continue sharing his skills and knowledge, it will be a great national victory that will go down in the history books.   If UniTech students win, “UniTech Saga” will stop being a national embarrassment and instead serve as hope for the future of PNG.  
UniTech students, PNG awaits your action.  As a potential people power movement, you have the final word on what happens to Albert Schram.   Use your power to its fullest and apply the lesson of persistence, but also use that power non-violently and wisely.     

MASSIVE CORRUPTION IN WESTERN PROVINCE. WILL THE PM INTERVENE?

By TUGIRI REIDA

The government of PNG has demonstrated that it is incapable of safeguarding the funds of Non CMCA villages’(South Fly affected villages who didn’t sign the CMCA Agreement) being part of the compensation moneys paid by BHP/Oktedi, as a direct result of the Court case in Melbourne by Fly River Landowners. 

Certain funds being dividends from Oktedi were parked as part of the compensation package for the Environmental destruction in two trust accounts (totalling several hundred Million Kina) under the principal care of the Governor of Western Province Hon. Ati Wobiro and the Secretary for Department of Mines and Geo-hazards, Mr. Shadrach Himata.

Ati Wobiro, a man with double Masters in Economics, a former Provincial Planner of Western Province in the 1990s, former Acting Administrator of Department of Western, former country Manager of World Vision, former Church Elder of the Evangelical Church of Papua, former employee of PNGSDPL, and former 2 time loser for the Western Regional Seat, finally made it into the hot seat, unseating another son of the Church from Gogodala, Dr Danaya.

Ati Wobiro was elected because we (the people) found Dr Danaya unreliable, untrustworthy, egotistical, and did not do much. Wobiro was elected instead because the people felt he was close to the ground and trustworthy.

But, is Wobiro really close to the people, and is he truely worthy of their trust? 

Upon being elected, he sacked William Goinau the Provincial Administrator and appointed a fellow “bushman”, fellow devoutly religious, and fellow economist Dr Modowa Gumoi , to be the Provincial Administrator. No other Province in PNG has such highly qualified persons as Governor and Administrator- the Dream Team.

But how are they perceived on the ground? What practical things have the Dream Team achieved so far?

Some of their achievements have been aired in the media this last week by Mr William Goinau, playing the role of whistle blower. Admittedly there is an element of sour grapes in Goinau’s revelations. But his revelations are so serious, they cannot be dismissed offhandedly. So far no party named, including the Governor, has objected. Everyone has gone into hiding.

Goinau alleged that:

1. Wobiro & Gumoi circumvented normal tender processes and corruptly misused K36 Million Kina of the people’s moneys held in trust.
2. There was no tender by the Western Province Supply & Tenders Board to award K36 Million worth contracts. All normal tender processes for transparency were not followed. This is against the Public Finances Management Act.
3. K3 Million Kina was paid into KBB Oceania Ltd, owned by associates of Wobiro & Gumoi from whom they may have had a kick back.
4. K2.6 Million to May Fuels Distributors Ltd, (May brothers) for Daru Beautification Project. 

May brothers are like family to Wobiro. They supported him during last election in kind, cash and logistics. Wobiro’s family connection with the Mays go right back to when (the brothers were toddlers then) their old man RON May as official signatory to the giant Wawi Guavi Timber project siphoned off Millions of Kina of landowner royalty and premium payments, and Wobiro as Provincial Planner and a short time as Administrator covered for him. Wobiro has since been a close family friend, and business advisor at various times to the Mays. 

Very little, in fact, nothing has been done on the ground by way of beautification of Daru town by the Mays. Instead the Mays have been busy buying up properties in Australia, Port Moresby and strengthening their strong grip over Daru township.

5. K2.287 Million to May Fuels Distributors Ltd for Daru Sanitation & Garbage.

Very little actual garbage or sanitation work has been done by the Mays. The council does its bit but not always effective. The Mays boast about the new properties they bought in Australia and Port Moresby, and appear in the bars of Port Moresby as the noveau riche of Western Province, while the people whose money they siphoned wallow in utter poverty.

6. K5.5 Million Kina paid to Niugini Aviation Services Ltd for aviation services to Western Province.


Niugini Aviation Services Ltd is owned by Mr Roxon Undi and his wife Mrs Ruth Undi, of Southern Highlands Province. 

Mr Roxon Undi and Mrs Ruth Undi met Governor Wobiro in Port Moresby in isolated hotel rooms and restaurants where the Undi’s grand plan was slowly and carefully revealed and blessed. Prior to their meeting the Governor, their company had one small plane that they leased. 

The Undis are financial backers of Governor Agiru of Hela. They benefited to the tune of Millions of Kina from Governor Agiru’s road contracts in the Southern Highlands. Even though the roads were not completed, the Undis company Kana Constructions always got paid the full tender price anyway, thanks to a very flexible former CSTB Chairman, and happy Works Department staff.

It was Governor Agiru who urged Wobiro to meet with Mr Undi and his wife Ruth Undi, whose other company Kana Group is also a contractor to Oktedi Mine and to Southern Highlands Province during Agiru’s time. Agiru and Wobiro are also both first born sons of the Evangelical Church of Papua, and currently working together on the new Nomad gas project.

After agreement in principal, a bold proposal was cooked up whereby K5.5 million was to be paid by Wobiro from the trust. Roxon and Ruth Undi will then look after Governor and cover the Provincial Administrator (whom the Undis met separately). As planned the Undis sent the proposal up through the Administrator. The Governor pretended ignorance, went along and approved it. The payment was made without any tendering. The papers were signed off and witnessed between the Governor and the Administrator. Everyone involved to draw the funds was looked after.

The Undis with just one small leased aircraft at that time, proposed in writing to supply Aviation services to 53 rural Airstrips in Western Province. There is a bound submission at the Governor’s office that looks and sounds like a con job. The numbers proposed showed flying hours between these 53 airstrips. This was impossible for one small aircraft to acheive. There is also another problem- there is only less than 10 strips open currently, and of these only half are serviceable. Everybody including the Undis (being contractors in Western Province) know which airstrips are open. They knowingly made false proposal and the Governor too should have known.

As time revealed, Roxon & Ruth Undi used the K5.5 Million to buy themselves new airplanes. They had no intention of flying to airstrips that don’t exist. It is obvious they didn’t care. They were looking for free money to benefit themselves.

Clearly this is a “CON” job on the people by Governor Wobiro and Dr Gumoi, and by Mr Roxon Undi and Mrs Ruth Undi. It is clearly an illegal and corrupt payment because the proposal is not genuine and the money does not belong to the Governor and Dr Gumoi. 

Responsible authorities should investigate and criminally prosecute such people. The Accounts of Niugini Aviation, Roxon Undi, Ruth Undi and all their companies should be examined to see what happened to the K5.5 Million that was fraudulently and improperly obtained, and how much of it has been laundered off shore, and how much, if any, paid as kick backs.

The Undis, have also been transferring funds to Australia and New Zealand just like the Mays. This situation is no different from what Mr Eremas Wartoto and Paul Tiensten have been accused of. Only the names are different, but everything else is the same.

7. K2.996 MILLION PAID TO SOUTHERN CROSS ASSURANCE LIMITED AS INSURANCE PREMIUM.


This is another company owned by Mr Roxon Undi and his wife Ruth Undi. 

It is yet another bogus proposal prepared by Mr Lohia Samuel the GM of Southern Cross Assurance Ltd, a newly set up insurance company. The proposal says that this company would provide individual life, health and other insurance cover for 65,000 people of Western Province. 

There is something wrong here because Western Province population is not 65,000. It is less than that. The people don’t know they have health or life insurance cover. Nobody has told them. No individual has seen a medical or life policy from the company. No person of Western Province has consented to be covered. No one has signed any policy. There are no procedures to claims. There are no names of the individuals covered. The money has been paid out but the people are dying every day from curable deceases. 

This bogus insurance proposal was prepared by Mr Lohia Samuel. The company has not covered anyone in truth. This is yet another fraudulent , deceptive and corrupt payout of the people’s funds.

It is believed Mr Roxon Undi and Mrs Ruth Undi put this proposal to the Governor at the same time as they put the Aviation proposal to him. Together they have benefitted illegally to the tune of K8.5 Million Kina from the people’s trust so far. An investigation by a Police Task Force or the Fraud squad, would reveal the whole truth.

8. K 4.0 MILLION PAID TO POSMAN KUA AISI LAWYERS. 

Posman Kua Aisi Lawyers were paid K4 million which is a lot of money! 

What big work did these guys do to deserve to be paid so much money! At a time when we are seeing and hearing so many law firms in this country being branded as corrupt and ripping the government and small people off, with the Attorney General in the forefront of the counter action, we need to hear how this money was earned by the Attorney General’s law company. 

Mr Goinau says this firm did not do any work for Western Province during his time in office. He says that this law company in fact acted for the Governor during his recent election petition. 

Mr Goinau also believes a previous payment in the Millions was also paid to this firm out of the same fund. The Governors legal fee payment, if true, would also be an illegal payment from the people’s Trust funds. The Governor’s election petition is a private matter and a private expense. It is not an expense of the Provincial Government, or that of the affected Non CMCA Villages. 

For this payment(s) the law company needs to be fully investigated, and funds recovered and those involved prosecuted, and jailed. The Police and the courts must be allowed to do their jobs properly, without interference from the Attorney General or any other Politician.

9. PRIME MINISTER’S RESPONSIBILITY.

Mr Kerenga Kua is the Attorney General fighting the case of the State retaining control of landowner funds. It is his law company that is implicated as possibly taken over K4 Million of the Western People’s moneys from the Trust fund for defending the Governor Wobiro’s election petition. Will he move to protect his colleagues and his name that is still on the company? Kua has a serious conflict.

While these revelations in the press have caught the Prime Minister off-guard, what is he going to do about it?

Will the PM move to cover up for Mr Roxon Undi and Mrs Ruth Undi, his relatives and voters of his electorate, thereby cover up obvious corruption, or will he set up a Task Force specifically to look into these allegations in the interest of the nation? PNG will now know if the PM is serious about fighting corruption or not. All eyes are on him.

Ideally, the Western Provincial Government should be suspended, and investigations should commence into these allegations. Will the Prime Minister move to suspend Western Province?

Again it is up to the Prime Minister to ultimately protect the small people of Western Province and their funds. A police fraud squad task force, is the ideal way to go to investigate, interview, and if necessary, prosecute:
1. The May brothers.
2. May Fuel Distributors Ltd
3. Roxon Undi.
4. Ruth Undi.
5. Niugini Aviation Services.
6. Southern Cross Assurance Ltd.
7. Mr Lohia Samuel.
8. Posman Kua Aisi Law Company.
9. Governor Wobiro.
10. Dr Gumoi.
11. Shadrach Himata.

It is the wish of Western people for the Police to investigate and prosecute them, just like Tiensten and Wartoto, and let them tell the court what they did with the funds and who else benefitted. 

The Police should ask the Australian and Zealand authorities if they could help us bring back funds sent overseas by the May brothers, Roxon Undi, Ruth Undi, Lohia Samuel, and their companies. All funds should be fully recovered and the trust funds should be repaid.

If the PM fails to suspend Western Province and institute a task force and prosecute these people, then he will have failed the long suffering people of Western Province. What hope is there for the rest of the country if this Prime Minister cannot help the people of Western Province at this time? And what hope is there for PNG if this PM is not serious about corruption that is so obvious?

In the meantime, the trust funds should be released to the people’s own management. They are compensation funds for environmental damage. The people have suffered long enough. They are entitled to the funds. The people’s needs in health and education must be addressed now with these funds. They must decide what they should do with these funds without government interference.

The State cannot be trusted with the funds anymore. Kerenga Kua as Attorney General cannot fight the case pending because he is tainted by K4 Million. The State (and the Prime Minister) must let the funds go to the people who deserve and need the money most, than to drag the people through the courts.

MASSIVE CORRUPTION IN WESTERN PROVINCE. WILL THE PM INTERVENE?

By TUGIRI REIDA

The government of PNG has demonstrated that it is incapable of safeguarding the funds of Non CMCA villages’(South Fly affected villages who didn’t sign the CMCA Agreement) being part of the compensation moneys paid by BHP/Oktedi, as a direct result of the Court case in Melbourne by Fly River Landowners. 

Certain funds being dividends from Oktedi were parked as part of the compensation package for the Environmental destruction in two trust accounts (totalling several hundred Million Kina) under the principal care of the Governor of Western Province Hon. Ati Wobiro and the Secretary for Department of Mines and Geo-hazards, Mr. Shadrach Himata.

Ati Wobiro, a man with double Masters in Economics, a former Provincial Planner of Western Province in the 1990s, former Acting Administrator of Department of Western, former country Manager of World Vision, former Church Elder of the Evangelical Church of Papua, former employee of PNGSDPL, and former 2 time loser for the Western Regional Seat, finally made it into the hot seat, unseating another son of the Church from Gogodala, Dr Danaya.

Ati Wobiro was elected because we (the people) found Dr Danaya unreliable, untrustworthy, egotistical, and did not do much. Wobiro was elected instead because the people felt he was close to the ground and trustworthy.

But, is Wobiro really close to the people, and is he truely worthy of their trust? 

Upon being elected, he sacked William Goinau the Provincial Administrator and appointed a fellow “bushman”, fellow devoutly religious, and fellow economist Dr Modowa Gumoi , to be the Provincial Administrator. No other Province in PNG has such highly qualified persons as Governor and Administrator- the Dream Team.

But how are they perceived on the ground? What practical things have the Dream Team achieved so far?

Some of their achievements have been aired in the media this last week by Mr William Goinau, playing the role of whistle blower. Admittedly there is an element of sour grapes in Goinau’s revelations. But his revelations are so serious, they cannot be dismissed offhandedly. So far no party named, including the Governor, has objected. Everyone has gone into hiding.

Goinau alleged that:

1. Wobiro & Gumoi circumvented normal tender processes and corruptly misused K36 Million Kina of the people’s moneys held in trust.
2. There was no tender by the Western Province Supply & Tenders Board to award K36 Million worth contracts. All normal tender processes for transparency were not followed. This is against the Public Finances Management Act.
3. K3 Million Kina was paid into KBB Oceania Ltd, owned by associates of Wobiro & Gumoi from whom they may have had a kick back.
4. K2.6 Million to May Fuels Distributors Ltd, (May brothers) for Daru Beautification Project. 

May brothers are like family to Wobiro. They supported him during last election in kind, cash and logistics. Wobiro’s family connection with the Mays go right back to when (the brothers were toddlers then) their old man RON May as official signatory to the giant Wawi Guavi Timber project siphoned off Millions of Kina of landowner royalty and premium payments, and Wobiro as Provincial Planner and a short time as Administrator covered for him. Wobiro has since been a close family friend, and business advisor at various times to the Mays. 

Very little, in fact, nothing has been done on the ground by way of beautification of Daru town by the Mays. Instead the Mays have been busy buying up properties in Australia, Port Moresby and strengthening their strong grip over Daru township.

5. K2.287 Million to May Fuels Distributors Ltd for Daru Sanitation & Garbage.

Very little actual garbage or sanitation work has been done by the Mays. The council does its bit but not always effective. The Mays boast about the new properties they bought in Australia and Port Moresby, and appear in the bars of Port Moresby as the noveau riche of Western Province, while the people whose money they siphoned wallow in utter poverty.

6. K5.5 Million Kina paid to Niugini Aviation Services Ltd for aviation services to Western Province.


Niugini Aviation Services Ltd is owned by Mr Roxon Undi and his wife Mrs Ruth Undi, of Southern Highlands Province. 

Mr Roxon Undi and Mrs Ruth Undi met Governor Wobiro in Port Moresby in isolated hotel rooms and restaurants where the Undi’s grand plan was slowly and carefully revealed and blessed. Prior to their meeting the Governor, their company had one small plane that they leased. 

The Undis are financial backers of Governor Agiru of Hela. They benefited to the tune of Millions of Kina from Governor Agiru’s road contracts in the Southern Highlands. Even though the roads were not completed, the Undis company Kana Constructions always got paid the full tender price anyway, thanks to a very flexible former CSTB Chairman, and happy Works Department staff.

It was Governor Agiru who urged Wobiro to meet with Mr Undi and his wife Ruth Undi, whose other company Kana Group is also a contractor to Oktedi Mine and to Southern Highlands Province during Agiru’s time. Agiru and Wobiro are also both first born sons of the Evangelical Church of Papua, and currently working together on the new Nomad gas project.

After agreement in principal, a bold proposal was cooked up whereby K5.5 million was to be paid by Wobiro from the trust. Roxon and Ruth Undi will then look after Governor and cover the Provincial Administrator (whom the Undis met separately). As planned the Undis sent the proposal up through the Administrator. The Governor pretended ignorance, went along and approved it. The payment was made without any tendering. The papers were signed off and witnessed between the Governor and the Administrator. Everyone involved to draw the funds was looked after.

The Undis with just one small leased aircraft at that time, proposed in writing to supply Aviation services to 53 rural Airstrips in Western Province. There is a bound submission at the Governor’s office that looks and sounds like a con job. The numbers proposed showed flying hours between these 53 airstrips. This was impossible for one small aircraft to acheive. There is also another problem- there is only less than 10 strips open currently, and of these only half are serviceable. Everybody including the Undis (being contractors in Western Province) know which airstrips are open. They knowingly made false proposal and the Governor too should have known.

As time revealed, Roxon & Ruth Undi used the K5.5 Million to buy themselves new airplanes. They had no intention of flying to airstrips that don’t exist. It is obvious they didn’t care. They were looking for free money to benefit themselves.

Clearly this is a “CON” job on the people by Governor Wobiro and Dr Gumoi, and by Mr Roxon Undi and Mrs Ruth Undi. It is clearly an illegal and corrupt payment because the proposal is not genuine and the money does not belong to the Governor and Dr Gumoi. 

Responsible authorities should investigate and criminally prosecute such people. The Accounts of Niugini Aviation, Roxon Undi, Ruth Undi and all their companies should be examined to see what happened to the K5.5 Million that was fraudulently and improperly obtained, and how much of it has been laundered off shore, and how much, if any, paid as kick backs.

The Undis, have also been transferring funds to Australia and New Zealand just like the Mays. This situation is no different from what Mr Eremas Wartoto and Paul Tiensten have been accused of. Only the names are different, but everything else is the same.

7. K2.996 MILLION PAID TO SOUTHERN CROSS ASSURANCE LIMITED AS INSURANCE PREMIUM.


This is another company owned by Mr Roxon Undi and his wife Ruth Undi. 

It is yet another bogus proposal prepared by Mr Lohia Samuel the GM of Southern Cross Assurance Ltd, a newly set up insurance company. The proposal says that this company would provide individual life, health and other insurance cover for 65,000 people of Western Province. 

There is something wrong here because Western Province population is not 65,000. It is less than that. The people don’t know they have health or life insurance cover. Nobody has told them. No individual has seen a medical or life policy from the company. No person of Western Province has consented to be covered. No one has signed any policy. There are no procedures to claims. There are no names of the individuals covered. The money has been paid out but the people are dying every day from curable deceases. 

This bogus insurance proposal was prepared by Mr Lohia Samuel. The company has not covered anyone in truth. This is yet another fraudulent , deceptive and corrupt payout of the people’s funds.

It is believed Mr Roxon Undi and Mrs Ruth Undi put this proposal to the Governor at the same time as they put the Aviation proposal to him. Together they have benefitted illegally to the tune of K8.5 Million Kina from the people’s trust so far. An investigation by a Police Task Force or the Fraud squad, would reveal the whole truth.

8. K 4.0 MILLION PAID TO POSMAN KUA AISI LAWYERS. 

Posman Kua Aisi Lawyers were paid K4 million which is a lot of money! 

What big work did these guys do to deserve to be paid so much money! At a time when we are seeing and hearing so many law firms in this country being branded as corrupt and ripping the government and small people off, with the Attorney General in the forefront of the counter action, we need to hear how this money was earned by the Attorney General’s law company. 

Mr Goinau says this firm did not do any work for Western Province during his time in office. He says that this law company in fact acted for the Governor during his recent election petition. 

Mr Goinau also believes a previous payment in the Millions was also paid to this firm out of the same fund. The Governors legal fee payment, if true, would also be an illegal payment from the people’s Trust funds. The Governor’s election petition is a private matter and a private expense. It is not an expense of the Provincial Government, or that of the affected Non CMCA Villages. 

For this payment(s) the law company needs to be fully investigated, and funds recovered and those involved prosecuted, and jailed. The Police and the courts must be allowed to do their jobs properly, without interference from the Attorney General or any other Politician.

9. PRIME MINISTER’S RESPONSIBILITY.

Mr Kerenga Kua is the Attorney General fighting the case of the State retaining control of landowner funds. It is his law company that is implicated as possibly taken over K4 Million of the Western People’s moneys from the Trust fund for defending the Governor Wobiro’s election petition. Will he move to protect his colleagues and his name that is still on the company? Kua has a serious conflict.

While these revelations in the press have caught the Prime Minister off-guard, what is he going to do about it?

Will the PM move to cover up for Mr Roxon Undi and Mrs Ruth Undi, his relatives and voters of his electorate, thereby cover up obvious corruption, or will he set up a Task Force specifically to look into these allegations in the interest of the nation? PNG will now know if the PM is serious about fighting corruption or not. All eyes are on him.

Ideally, the Western Provincial Government should be suspended, and investigations should commence into these allegations. Will the Prime Minister move to suspend Western Province?

Again it is up to the Prime Minister to ultimately protect the small people of Western Province and their funds. A police fraud squad task force, is the ideal way to go to investigate, interview, and if necessary, prosecute:
1. The May brothers.
2. May Fuel Distributors Ltd
3. Roxon Undi.
4. Ruth Undi.
5. Niugini Aviation Services.
6. Southern Cross Assurance Ltd.
7. Mr Lohia Samuel.
8. Posman Kua Aisi Law Company.
9. Governor Wobiro.
10. Dr Gumoi.
11. Shadrach Himata.

It is the wish of Western people for the Police to investigate and prosecute them, just like Tiensten and Wartoto, and let them tell the court what they did with the funds and who else benefitted. 

The Police should ask the Australian and Zealand authorities if they could help us bring back funds sent overseas by the May brothers, Roxon Undi, Ruth Undi, Lohia Samuel, and their companies. All funds should be fully recovered and the trust funds should be repaid.

If the PM fails to suspend Western Province and institute a task force and prosecute these people, then he will have failed the long suffering people of Western Province. What hope is there for the rest of the country if this Prime Minister cannot help the people of Western Province at this time? And what hope is there for PNG if this PM is not serious about corruption that is so obvious?

In the meantime, the trust funds should be released to the people’s own management. They are compensation funds for environmental damage. The people have suffered long enough. They are entitled to the funds. The people’s needs in health and education must be addressed now with these funds. They must decide what they should do with these funds without government interference.

The State cannot be trusted with the funds anymore. Kerenga Kua as Attorney General cannot fight the case pending because he is tainted by K4 Million. The State (and the Prime Minister) must let the funds go to the people who deserve and need the money most, than to drag the people through the courts.